Housing design 


Housing design on Arkitecture on Web covers all the latest trends and projects in the branch of architecture which concerns itself with questions like how should space influence people’s daily life and how should people’s need of an accomodation affect the surrounding environment. 

In housing design, we cover brand new stories and projects from all over the world which tackle these questions in many different ways, from house renovations which observe long standing traditions, to housing projects which challenge existing paradigms. From the vernacular architecture to the modular, eco and minimal, here is all about what’s new in housing design. 


About housing design 


Housing design is the field of architecture whose aim is the study and realization of spaces - houses - for people to live in. 

As such, housing design as a discipline has to concern itself with a wide range of factors, many of which only apparently do not pertain to architecture. 

  • the internal space: how do people typically experience it; what needs and aspirations have its dwellers; how should the human need for privacy and security be addressed when building; 

  • the external space: what is the surrounding environment - a forest, a town, a wind-swept tundra, a megalopolis; what is its usage by the community; how should the project deal with it - by fitting in the existing landscape or challenging the consolidated paradigms;

  • materiality: materials in housing design are seldom chosen randomly. They function as building blocks not only for the physical structure, but also for the visual language the project tries to bring into existence. 

  • the existing political, social and economic framework: what is the ultimate goal of the project; who’s the sponsor - a private citizen, the public, an institution; what property regime will it be subjected to - full property, rent, et cetera; 

Selected examples of housing design


Famous case studies of successful housing design are:

  • Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló (1906)

  • Gerrit Rietveld’s Rietveld-Schröder House (1924)

  • Le Corbusier’s Ville Savoy (1931)

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (1935)

  • Walter Gropius’s House (1938)

  • Philip Johnson's Glass House (1949)

  • Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (1951)

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob (1956)

  • Glenn Murcutt’s Simpson-Lee House (1962)

  • Frank Ghery's House (1991)

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